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Aquabike Event Sanctioned in 2011 for the Midwest
Aquabike was created in 2005 as a way to increase participation in athletes who suffered knee and hip injuries by eliminating the run portion of the event. Many long course triathlon events embraced this style of competition by hosting a 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike. The sport has grown from 30 events in 2006 to over 90 events either pending or approved for sanctioning in 2011 across the U.S. This year, the Midwest will host one of those sanctioned events at the Omaha Triathlon.
“The Omaha Triathlon has a Sprint, Olympic (Solo or Team) and Aqua Bike. We want to get more people involved in the multisport industry. That is why we offer the three races with different lengths and disciplines. I see the AquaBike as a race that is between a triathlon and a Team race. It draws athletes that are proficient in two areas. Also, some athletes are nursing a running injury, resting for an "A" race or are senior athletes that want to stay close to the sport. Whatever the reason, it is keeping multisport athletes doing what they love.”
Kurt Beisch | Race Director
"The addition of Aquabike to the USAT race schedule gives the baby boomers and individuals who enjoy the longer endurance triathlons but have issues with running 13-26 miles due to older age, wear and tear on the knees and legs (the ability) to continue to train for a longer race event. It also is a great event for individuals who dislike running. Bottom-line it gives athletes another choice for endurance training whether for their fitness or competitive goals."
Gary L. Bredehoft | USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach, Certified Race Director and Midwest Regional Council Secretary
Read more about Aquabike HERE
Read more about the Omaha Triathlon HERE